Queen Máxima wears unique mustard yellow gown to King Willem-Alexander's throne speech

By Heather Cichowski

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima stepped out in their finest on Sept. 15 for the king's address from the throne to members of the Senate and House of Representatives on Prinsjesdag (Budget Day).

Máxima and Willem-Alexander departed from Noordeinde Palace (one of three of the Dutch royals' residences) to attend the address at Grote Kerk. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of the usual traditions were cancelled, and the royals did not ride in their glass carriage, as is the usual custom.

This also marked the first time in two centuries the king read the royal speech from a different location other the usual Ridderzaal (Hall of Knights). The public was encouraged not to gather for the event as not to spread COVID-19.

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima arrive at the Grote Kerk on Prinsjesdag in The Hague for the king's address from the throne to members of the Senate and House of Representatives. Photo: © SANDER KONING/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

Máxima looked sensational in a mustard yellow maxi gown decorated with ruffles. She accessorized with camel-coloured gloves, a round clutch and a delicate embellished fascinator that brought out her blonde hair. She wore a blue and orange sash and several pins which denoted her royal orders.

Willem-Alexander opted for a three-piece suit featuring grey trousers and a vest and a long black morning jacket. A white button-down and grey tie completed the ensemble.

The Dutch royals looked so elegant in their formal attire. Photo: © KOEN VAN WEEL/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

The royal engagement marked one of the first times that any royals have stepped out in such formal attire since COVID-19 and lockdown measures were put in place across the world.

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Queen Máxima loves colour, especially this vivid shade of mustard yellow. She previously wore what appears to be the very same frilled gown when King Abdullah and Queen Rania of Jordan visited the Netherlands in 2018.

Prince Constantijn, Princess Margriet, Queen Rania of Jordan, King Abdullah of Jordan, King Willem-Alexander, Queen Máxima and Princess Beatrix at an official dinner at Noordeinde Palace on March 20, 2018 in The Hague, Netherlands. Photo: © Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images

The Dutch and Jordanian royals put on their fanciest clothes for a formal dinner at Noordeinde Palace in The Hague. Abdullah and Rania were on a two-day visit to the Netherlands at the time.

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